My Road to Recovery with Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith, a former Humdoldt Bronco & NAIT graduate, will share his experiences navigating mental health & grief in the face of tragedy.

About this event

About the Session

In honor of World Mental Health Day, we invite you to join us to hear Tyler Smith (Radio & Television '21) share about his experiences navigating mental health and grief in the face of tragedy. During this session, he'll share details about his life over the last five years, the experiences he's gone through, and the lessons he's learned along the way. Public speaking has become one of Tyler's greatest passions and he hopes that attendees will leave the session feeling hopeful and inspired.

Attendance Options

In-person and virtual attendance options will be available for this event.

About Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith has no memory of the worst day of his life, something the 21-year-old considers “a blessing in disguise.” On April 6, 2018, Tyler and his junior hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos, were on their way to a play-off game when a semi-truck struck their bus. He lost 16 of his teammates, staff members, and coaches, while he and 12 others survived.

After he physically recovered, Tyler returned to the Broncos. He made it back for ten games, and although his body felt fine, his mental health was starting to catch up with him. Tyler didn’t feel like himself and knew he needed to step away from the game and prioritize his mental recovery. He has made progress with his recovery, but the battle that Tyler is facing is an ongoing one – some days are better than others, and some will always be challenging, but he now feels better equipped to handle the difficult moments when they come.

Public speaking was never something that Tyler imagined himself doing, but it’s now one of his true passions in life. He has seen the value of sharing his story and of hearing personal stories from others, which is why he is so passionate about sharing his story and being a mental health advocate. Tyler likes to take things day-by-day, but he knows that he wants to continue public speaking, advocating for mental health, and sharing his stories with those who may need it.

Please note the views and opinions expressed by guest speakers are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of NAIT.


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